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Francoise Dupre: Exotic MK

Education Offsite project and display

10.7. – 9.8.2009
Image courtesy Françoise Dupré

Image courtesy Françoise Dupré

Image courtesy Françoise Dupré

Image courtesy Françoise Dupré

Image courtesy Françoise Dupré

Image courtesy Françoise Dupré

Image courtesy Françoise Dupré
Image courtesy Françoise Dupré
Image courtesy Françoise Dupré

Image courtesy Françoise Dupré

Francoise Dupre: Exotic MK

 

For Milton Keynes Gallery's Offsite Education Programme, artist Françoise Dupré realised an art project that celebrates the ways in which people, in their daily life, transform their environment. Inspired by the highly colourful and personalised barrows scattered around thecentre:mk, Dupré presents this site-specific and community-based public art work that celebrates Milton Keynes' hidden exotic.

 

exotic mk was made in collaboration with three women's groups who each made a section of the final artwork. Between January and June 2009, the artist visited Age Concern (Peartree Centre, Peartree Bridge), MK Mind (York House, Stony Stratford) and The Healthy Lifestyle Project (Hedgerows Children Centre, Netherfield) for knitting and craft sessions.

 

The French (spool) knitting technique was employed to make braids with a wide range of coloured lycra fabric and wool. Materials such as wire, metallic yarn and plastic bottle tops were used to create abstracted organic forms and colourful patterns. Participants' own designs and creative skills were instrumental to the development and realisation of the project.

 

'People's daily activities transform the built-in environment. This is what makes a place special and Milton Keynes is no exception. Beyond the formal and functional aspects of the city's architecture, inhabit and prosper the indigenous, the organic and the colourful.'
Françoise Dupré

 

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